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55000 KES ($457 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My new goal is to purchase a plot of land at our nearest market. The intention is to build a small shop that would be a steady income-generating activity for the family to supplement the income from subsistence crop farming. This is because we are currently experiencing climate change that has resulted in low rain which has affected crop farming negatively.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Givedirectly do well in conducting awareness meetings to give households the necessary information about the program before the actual enrollment . This helped us to have a better understanding of the program itself and the various stages. I do not see anything that the organisation did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Being a subsistence farmer, my desire was to boost crop farming by purchasing oxen and ox-plow. I used KES 47,000 to acquire two oxen at KES 15,000 each and an ox-plow. Currently, I have completed training them and are ready to start working. Formally, I was using my hands to plowing which was slow and yielded a low harvest. In addition, I used KES 3000 to restart goat rearing by purchasing one goat as a future investment for our 2 kids who are yet to join primary school. I am opportunistic that they will be able to learn without any challenge after selling the animals once they reproduced. The remaining amount assisted us in purchasing food for the family since there is famine in our area.
55000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was exactly 5 in the evening when I was at the bush fetching firewood when I heard a message tone from my cellphone. Without hesitating, I decided to check the contents of the messages since I went expecting to hear from any of my relatives, or friends. Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks after confirming that I had received my first cash transfers. I was so certain that I would finally build my house courtesy of GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life that I will always mention is the fact that I now have a permanent shelter. The previous one was just a traditional house with a grass thatched roof which could leak excessively during the winter seasons. It has been my wish to have a presentable house but this was achievable since I didn't have enough funds to purchase the materials needed. Being jobless hasn't been easy because we could only rely on my spouse for our daily needs. He however did not have a stable therefore providing for all our basic needs including housing was so hard. We have been rained on throughout whenever it could rain and I had to force my kids to sleep at my relative's houses since they could withstand the cold nights. My marriage life has been so awful but I was optimistic that it shall be well with time. Currently, my family and I are happy because we no longer have to worry about unfavorable weather or communal isolation. Moreover, I can comfortably host my visitors.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent a portion of the first transfer on buying some building materials which is comprised of building poles at KES 15000, timber at KES 5000, iron sheets at KES 20000, and the labor charges of KES 10000. I had to prioritize the issue of housing because the previous one had old grass-thatched roofing, also it was very small in size. Some of my children have been sheltering at my relative's house which I was not comfortable with. In addition to that, I bought a new mattress at KES 4000 which was replace the old one which had worn out. I have been experiencing some sleepless nights with lots of back pains as a result. Finally, with the remaining cash, I bought foodstuffs for my family and other household items that I was lacking.
access_time over 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I don't have a good house for my family and I have been dreaming of having a better house than this. Receiving this money means I will be able to fulfill my dream of building a 2 bedroom house to accomodate all of us and have a spacious house for me, my husband and my 2 children. I want to start a poultry business. My husband is employed in a poultry farm and I believe he has acquired enough experience on how to run this business. I believe I will get rich because my husband has the expertise of doing this poultry farming and also knows a ready market for this poultry products ( meat and eggs).
What is the happiest part of your day?
My husband sent me 4000 KES from the money he earned as a salary from his job. He usually sends me 3000 KES but this month sent me more (1000 KES) this made me happy because I bought new clothes for my 2 children and also bought food in my house.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My income is very low - I getting 6000 KES which is not enough to cater for all needs of my family. My first daughter is 3 years old and has not yet started school because of luck of school fees. Getting food is also a big challenge. Sometimes we go to bed hungry because of lack of something to eat.